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July 13, 1997
TO THE HONORABLE, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:
In accordance with the provisions of R.I. Gen. Laws § 43-1-4, I am transmitting herewith, with my disapproval, 98-H 7436, "An Act Relating to Public Utilities and Carriers - Motor Passenger Carriers."
This Act defines most limousine services as livery services. This has the effect of exempting stretch limousines and certain other chauffeur-driven vehicles from the regulatory auspices of the Division of Public Utilities and Carriers.
These public carriers should be under the jurisdiction of the Division. The regulations are reasonable and minimally intrusive. They consist of submission of an application with proposed routes, schedules and services, a bonding requirement or proof of financial responsibility, cardiopulmonary resuscitation training and permits for interstate carriers. These regulations are important to public safety. They help keep high-risk carriers off the roads, control the traffic of oversized vehicles and provide emergency training to drivers.
For the foregoing reasons, I disapprove of this legislation and respectfully urge your support of this veto.